Chamber Choir Festival brings seven schools together in song

Schools & Students

The auditorium at Magee Secondary School rang out with song on a February evening as seven of Vancouver’s top chamber choir ensembles from secondary schools across the district gathered for a celebration of vocal accomplishment. 

The festival featured performances from choral ensembles at Lord Byng, Eric Hamber, University Hill, Killarney, Point Grey, Windermere and Magee Secondary schools. Together these schools presented a range of cultural, traditional, and contemporary choral arrangements that challenged the students to rise to new levels.  

At this non-competitive festival, internationally renowned adjudicators Jim Sparks and Carrie Tennant gave feedback to the choirs on their performances, helping them to hone their musical skills.  

“This festival is also a way for choral directors and students to check out other groups from across the district and see what they are working on,” says VSB Fine Arts Coordinator Peggy Bochun. “It helps them to see what music other conductors are choosing, what works well, and even how they might improve their own performances. It is an opportunity for students to showcase what they are learning in the classroom and perhaps even to try some more experimental arrangements."  

All music programs at VSB have performance built into the curriculum, Bochun explains, to give students an opportunity to work on musical skills, deportment, and audience appeal. "Students really have to listen and work together as a unit. Being part of a performing group builds community, confidence, and encourages professional learning and growth,” she says. 

The evening also featured a special performance by the vocal ensemble VanDeca. 

Chamber Choir Festival 2018